MAIN INDUSTRIES: Those rooted in the domestic economy, especially banks, property, construction, retailing, and local manufacturing.
COSTS: Too high, because of overregulation, protected markets, rich prices of imported goods, and lofty wages.
STOCK PRICES: Under pressure from threat of deregulation, problem loans, low consumer confidence.
FINANCES: A problem, since banks are not lending and business failures are increasing.
COMPETITIVENESS: Weak. Reliant on trade barriers that are slowly dropping.
DATA: BLOOMBERG FINANCIAL MARKETS
Updated June 15, 1997 by bwwebmaster
Copyright 1997, Bloomberg L.P.